Hair Transplants VS. Non-Surgical Hair Replacement
The process of losing your hair can be quite stressful, especially if you feel like your appearance is important for your profession or lifestyle. The social implications of hair loss coupled with other factors have caused men to rush to radical procedures such as surgical hair transplantation in order to reverse the process. The problem with this is that hair transplants can have both short and long term consequences.
Not all people are candidates for hair transplants. But if you are, there are a few things to consider before making the decision whether hair transplants are right for you. Although hair transplant surgery is typically considered safe when done by a qualified and experienced professional, different people respond differently to the procedure, making the outcome impossible to predict.
Choosing surgical hair transplants over a safer non-surgical hair replacement can be a risky decision. Apollo has had many clients come in to make the switch after regrettably getting hair transplant surgery elsewhere. After hearing many stories about their negative experiences, and how happy they are now with their non-surgical hair replacements, we would like to do our part in informing people like yourself of the possible risks involved with hair transplants. The following looks at why surgical hair transplants are risky and why safer non-surgical hair replacement is a better alternative.
As is the case with other surgical procedures, hair transplant surgery can cause scarring. If the procedure is successful, most surgeons will use the newly formed hair to cover up most of the scarring. However, if the recipient area rejects the transplant, the scarring will be visible in the bald spot. The extent of the scar will depend on a number of factors such as how skilled the surgeon is, how he or she performed the procedure, and how sensitive the patient’s skin is.
It is common for some nerves to be damaged during the surgery. This usually leads to temporary numbness in the affected area. In cases where the damage is extensive, the numbness may become permanent.
THINNING OF THE PRE-EXISTING HAIR
It is not unusual for individuals to report a noticeable reduction in the thickness of hair in places not affected by the surgery. Although the thinned out hair may return to normal in some months, its effects may affect the individual’s day-to-day life. Many of the people that experience further thinning require additional hair transplants, making the process very frustrating and expensive.
Another risk involved with hair transplants is bleeding. Bleeding is part of every surgical procedure. However, persistent bleeding during the surgical hair transplant will be a sign of trouble.
In some cases, the hair transplant patient may experience periods of intense pain after the effects of the anesthetic wore off. About half of the patients who undergo the procedure require painkillers to help manage the pain.
Some itching usually occurs after the hair transplant procedure. While the itching on its own may not do much damage, it may cause the patient to pull out the transplants accidentally. If this happens, the patient will have to undergo another hair transplant surgery to replace them.
All surgical procedures will leave some degree of swelling. Due to the sensitive location of the transplant area and its proximity to the face, the surgical hair replacement procedure may swell up the scalp and face badly enough to interfere with the patient’s daily life. The swelling can cover the forehead and the area around the eyes. In some cases, the swelling may cause a “black eye.”
Although qualified professionals will take steps to sanitize the operating areas, serious infections (such as staph infections) can still occur. Serious infections are usually not common, but taking the risk is unnecessary.
Cysts may occur if too many grafts are inserted into the recipient area. In mild cases, the cysts may disappear by themselves or with the intervention of a number of procedures. In severe cases, the cysts may leave behind some scarring.
HAIR TRANSPLANTS ARE EXPENSIVE
Some people tend to be drawn to surgical hair transplants because they think it may be a permanent way to reverse hair loss. Although if done successfully it can be, it is quite expensive. A typical hair transplant procedure can cost thousands in a single session. The cost will go even higher if you have to go back for follow up procedures, which many of our clients that have come to us from negative experiences elsewhere have had to. Factors such as uneven growth or additional hair loss can cause an endless cycle of the need for additional hair transplant procedures.
LONGER RECOVERY PERIOD AND DELAYED RESULTS
Different patients respond differently to hair transplants. Because of this, some patients experience a longer recovery period and notice that their results take a long time to appear. While some may start seeing results after about 6 months, others may go for up to 2 years before seeing the kind of results they were hoping to get.
Although image is important, it is not necessary to risk your health and wellbeing through invasive surgical procedures. A few years ago, surgical hair restoration offered some of the best ways to reverse hair loss. These days however, the technological strides made since then have helped us come a long way in making hair loss replacement safe and effective. Apollo offers innovative and effective non-surgical hair replacement methods that provide all the advantages of surgical hair transplants with none of their disadvantages.
HAIR SYSTEMS AS AN ALTERNATIVE TO HAIR TRANSPLANTS
Hair systems are one of Apollo’s non-surgical hair loss alternatives to surgical hair transplants. Hair systems are attached to the scalp with bonding, integration, or medical adhesives. The biggest of choosing hair systems instead of hair transplants is that hair systems keep the candidate away from all the risks associated with surgery. Hair systems also eliminate the need for a long recovery period, allowing the candidate to return to his daily routine within no time.
Hair systems also guarantee results. Even though surgical procedures are intended to have permanent effects, their results are not usually guaranteed. There are too many cases of “hair transplants gone wrong” for them to be considered a successful method. The success of a surgical procedure greatly relies on the skills of the surgeon, the quality of the donor hair, and the general lifestyle and health of the candidate.
Another advantage of hair replacement systems is that they do not rely on donor hair in order to give the desired results. Other technological advancements have also improved hair replacement systems. Today a hair system’s candidate can shower, sleep, or swim with the hair as if it were his natural hair. If a hair replacement is well looked after, it can last up to 3 years.
Despite the fact that hair systems do not last a lifetime, non-surgical hair replacement is a far much better alternative to surgical hair loss reversal. Before you spend thousands on any surgical hair transplants, take your time and weigh your options. If you would like to speak with our team about your non-surgical hair replacement options, contact us today. We would love to answer any additional questions you may have and schedule a free consultation to show you why hair systems are a much better alternative than hair transplants. When image matters, choose Apollo.